WELLESLEY, MASS. – Two works by famed Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo headlined a recent sale at the Downer Auction Gallery. The auction grossed just short of $500,000 including buyer’s premium.
Consigned directly from the family in Newton, Mass., the Amorsolo paintings were brought to the United States in the 1950s by a family member who owned a business in Manila during the 1930s and the war years. The largest work, titled “The Cockfight,” was purchased by a New Jersey collector for $36,000. The smaller, “Resting under the Trees” brought $31,500 and sold to the same buyer.
Other paintings of note included a large tropical scene by little known Pennsylvania artist Christopher Shearer which fetched $12,500. It went to a Philadelphia dealer. A river landscape by Carl Krafft brought $4,275 and an American town view of Connecticut brought $4,800. A winter scene by Carl Wuermer brought $5,300, and a J.J. Enneking work of Hyde Park, Mass., along the Neponset River, went to a Newbury Street Gallery.
A Benjamin Champney painting of a White Mountain interior sold for $4,500 and a Carl Peters Rockport beach scene sold for $4,950. A dockyard scene by Junius Allen, in an Arts and Crafts frame, fetched $3,600.
The highlight of the furniture offerings was an elaborate Art Nouveau etagere from Brussels that was purchased for a Watertown, Mass. home in 1905. There it rested, in sections, in the cellar until the consignor inquired about having it assembled and auctioned. It sold for $9,500 to a prominent New York State dealer.
An inlaid Connecticut River Valley tall clock fetched $11,500 and was purchased by a Massachusetts dealer. A large Marblehead Pottery decorated vase highlighted the Arts and Crafts section of the sale and commanded a price of $10,700.
More than 30 estate Oriental rugs were also sold. The top lot was a Serapi carpet that brought $12,400.